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Research at the Department of Rheumatology

Our research spans from clinical studies in the hospital setting to molecular biology in the Center of Experimental Rheumatology, where physicians closely work together with scientists of different backgrounds. This structure allows us to cover the full spectrum of medical research, from comprehensive pre-clinical studies that provide the functional portfolio for innovative therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, to clinical observational studies and phase 2/3 clinical trials.

Patient involvement in research projects

Would you be interested in actively participating in our research projects? The involvement of patients in research is very important for the research projects and brings many advantages. We aim to increase the integration of patients’ needs and perspectives into our research projects. Patients and / or those affected should become our research partners.

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Research groups

We have 9 research groups with clinical and/or translational nature, headed by scientifically independent principal investigators. Our research groups have been distinguished as a “Center of Excellence” by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

Clinical trials unit

The Clinical Trials Unit is concerned with the development of drug therapies for various diseases.

Open positions

We are constantly looking for qualified Master students.


Aspects of everyday life at the lab.

Team members

Find the members of our research team on our German page.


  • Britta Maurer, Prof. Dr. med.,
    Clinic Director, Department of Rheumatology und Immunology, Inselspital Bern (CH)
  • Kerstin Klein, Dr. rer. nat.
    Research Group Leader, Department of Rheumatology und Immunology, Inselspital Bern (CH)
    Department of Biomedical Research, University of Bern (CH)
  • Emmanuel Karouzakis, Dr. PhD.,
    Associate Clinical Biomarker Leader, Galapagos GmbH, Basel (CH)
  • Astrid Jüngel, PD Dr.,
    Manager, FOREUM Foundation, Kilchberg (CH)
  • Mojca Frank-Bertoncelj, MD, PhD
    Research Group Leader, BioMed X, Heidelberg (D)

Campus Schlieren

Here you can find detailed information about the organization and events on the Schlieren campus.


Research takes place within the framework of the University Clinic for Rheumatology at the three following locations: Campus Schlieren, Campus Balgrist and Department for Rheumatology USZ at Gloriastr. 25.

Department for Rheumatology

University Hospital of Zurich
Department for Rheumatology
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich

Campus Schlieren

University Hospital of Zurich
Center for Experimental Rheumatology
Bio-Technopark Schlieren
Wagistrasse 14
8952 Schlieren

Campus Balgrist

University Hospital of Zurich
Center for Experimental Rheumatology
Campus Balgrist
Wet lab level W
Lengghalde 5
8008 Zürich


You can support our research with a donation to the USZ Foundation.